What is the course about?
Mixing and mastering techniques and approaches using a range of software and freely available plug-ins. Industry secrets to enable you to achieve professional sounding recordings on a home computer set up. The tutor will provide basic multitrack recordings for you to practise with.
What will we cover?
- Options for routing mixes through auxiliaries, group channels and sends
- Applying EQ to make different musical parts fit together.
- Using reverb to give different parts their own place in the overall sound.
- Balancing Levels to achieve an optimised gain structure
- Using a spectrum analyzer
- What to check for before your music goes onto CD.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Choose appropriate routing options for mixing your music
- Apply EQ appropriately to make different musical parts fit together.
- Use reverb appropriately to give different parts their own place in the overall sound.
- Balance levels to achieve an optimised gain structure
- Make use of a spectrum analyzer
- Check that a piece of music is ready to finally go onto CD.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an advanced course aimed at those who have completed one of our introductory courses, ideally in Logic, or have equivalent experience.
You will need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take
notes in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor demonstration and explanation, and class discussion followed by practical work.
You will work on an individual Mac workstation to practise set themes, techniques and skills, applying these to your developing ideas and material.
You will present your work in progress regularly to the group, and receive feedback, support and encouragement from your tutor throughout the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Memory stick/storage device for saving work, notepad and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to
- explore your creative side further in Sonic Arts, Max/MSP, Arduino workshop, Ableton Live
- take further advanced courses such as Vocal recording techniques, or Logic: advanced
- learn how to market your music through Music business skills, Promoting your music online, or Make a website: WordPress for musicians.
Go to the Music Technology and digital audio production page to see our full range of courses. For advice email the music office or phone us on (020) 7492 2630.
The Music department also offers a wide range of instrumental, singing, ensemble and musicianship courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details